Development projects once delayed by months of research could soon get the all clear in just minutes. A new hi-tech system will allow developers to find out at the push of a button whether there are any underground obstacles, such as pipelines, or boundary problems. A new database using the geospatial based system will cut delays in granting building permits.
The Central Informatics Organisation (CIO) has just completed the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) project for the Isa Town area in Bahrain. The project for the whole of Bahrain will be completed by the end of the year. The project, which will serve as an important tool for decision-makers, has been developed by the steering committee over the past 18 months. It contains all the necessary infrastructure database layers like gas, oil, and land parcel boundaries. It will help provide accurate and precise information necessary to speed up the issue of permits for the investors and the citizens. For example, the current process to discover if a land parcel is free of sub-services requires two months. However, by using the new geospatial based system, this may be done in a few minutes. Besides data on infrastructure like oil and gas pipelines, the system will provide data on land boundaries, topography, road network, addresses and electric and water distribution pipelines and other important data for decision makers.